Cowboys host recent first-round WR bust for free agent visit

Oct 30, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver N'Keal Harry (8) and Dallas Cowboys
Oct 30, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver N'Keal Harry (8) and Dallas Cowboys / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones addressed the media Monday at The Star and said it was unlikely the Dallas Cowboys pursue coveted wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

The owner made it clear the addition of Brandin Cooks is a major reason why the Cowboys are "very pleased" with their current crop of receivers.

While a high-profile addition like Hopkins is doubtful, Dallas could look to add another receiver or two for added competition during training camp. The offseason roster carries 90 players and it couldn't hurt to bring in another body.

Well, the Cowboys sprung into action Monday after veteran Antonio Callaway was arrested this weekend for driving with a suspended license. Callaway was swiftly released and the team signed Tyron Johnson, who was one of several free agents who worked out at The Star.

Among that group? Former first-round pick N'Keal Harry.

Cowboys workout former first-round WR N'Keal Harry

Though Harry was the No. 32 overall pick in 2019, he's regarded as one of the biggest first-round busts in recent draft history. The 2019 class was loaded with receivers, and the Patriots took Harry over Deebo Samuel (No. 36 overall), A.J. Brown (No. 51), D.K Metcalf (No. 64), Diontae Johnson (No. 66), and Terry McLaurin (No. 76), respectively.

A former superstar in the Pac-12 at Arizona State, Harry never lived up to expectations with the Patriots. He didn't produce under Tom Brady, was even worse when Cam Newton took the reins after Brady signed with the Buccaneers, and was out of the rotation entirely by the time 2022 rolled around.

Last year, the Pats finally cut their losses and shipped Harry to the Bears for a seventh-round draft choice. He missed over half the year with an ankle injury, including the first five games and finished the season with seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Ironically, Harry's best game came against the Cowboys in Week 8 when he caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Maybe Dallas thinks it can catch lightning in a bottle with Harry, but he'd arguably contribute more as a blocker than as a receiver.

Perhaps the Cowboys give Harry a second look before training camp if Tyron Johnson doesn't pan out, but we wouldn't count on it.

Harry is still just 25 years old, but we're talking about an oft-injured receiver -- he's played 40 of a possible 66 regular season games in his career -- who has 64 catches for 714 yards and five touchdowns over four seasons.

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